CEDitorial: Is Mark Cuban REALLY Racist?

Or is he just being honest?

Mark Cuban Racist?“If I see a black kid in a hoodie on my side of the street, I’ll move to the other side of the street. If I see a white guy with a shaved head and tattoos (on the side he now is on), I’ll move back to the other side of the street. None of us have pure thoughts; we all live in glass houses.” – Mark Cuban

This statement is creating a frenzy, causing many to say Dallas Mavericks owner, Mark Cuban, is racist. Of course, this comes on the heels of the Donald Sterling (Los Angeles Clipper owner caught on audiotape making disparaging statements about and towards Blacks) controversy.

I read the whole statement and although I can’t prove that Cuban is indeed racist, what I got out of it is that he is prejudicial. And no, that’s not the same thing, although a racist is prejudicial. In fact, this is the other quote people are reporting, “I know I’m prejudiced, and I know I’m bigoted in a lot of different ways.” But, does this make him a racist?

When this story broke, I did a Google search for Mark Cuban and noticed that some headlines mentioned only the part of the paragraph that says, “If I see a black kid in a hoodie on my side of the street, I’ll move to the other side of the street.” As I write this post, I have yet to see a headline that shows this sentence, “If I see a white guy with a shaved head and tattoos (on the side he now is on), I’ll move back to the other side of the street.” Why not? Well, the particular statement being publicized draws better headlines than saying Cuban is scared of another white guy.

But, does this make Cuban racist? In my opinion, it just makes him honest. He is right. As humans, we all have preconceived notions of others based on either public perception, prior experience or simply, ignorance. Am I anti-police because I say I don’t trust cops based on my experience or perception of them? Does it mean I hate cab drivers because of my perception of the bad ones I typically see? Should I really believe that lawyers are bad because of the corrupt ones I’ve come across?

Does a black man wearing a hoodie and seen as a thug equate to the bald-headed white man with tattoos who might be mistaken for a skinhead? A definitive no. So, the fact that Cuban uses those two examples show the opposite side of the spectrum based on his perceptions of the stereotype of both races. To label him a racist based on that analogy may be stretching it a bit.

But, as I stated, it doesn’t actually mean he is not a racist either, but, if I have to go by that paragraph alone, I wouldn’t call him a racist.

Prejudice? Definitely……

prej·u·dice

[prej-uh-dis]

noun

1. 

an unfavorable opinion or feeling formed beforehand or without knowledge, thought, or reason.
2. 

any preconceived opinion or feeling, either favorable or unfavorable.
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  • ChuckDiaspora

    You raise some great points here.

    Personally I respect the guy’s hustle. At least the guy acknowledges his prejudices. How many folks do you know that claim I’m not racist only to go home and say some f*cked up sh*t! Having said that, I am somewhat disappointed at his comments, but this guy affects my life in exactly… no way. Zero. Zilch!

    Black folks worldwide, know that this is how a majority of “white” folks are conditioned. They will look for any possible negative. It’s what they do. F*ck ‘em! Keep it moving and show love to those that genuinely have a desire to understand where you’re coming from.

    Only before you understand the history of racism and the ways in which media peddles this type of stuff (race relations) can you see it for what it is, be empowered and learn how to navigate through this nonsense.

    Chuck.D.Iaspora

  • Stephen108260

    Well Cuban is right. Different races ARE different. IQ, pro propensity for violence, social
    structure, etc. Basing one’s decision on how to react to those of different races is just using common sense.

    Clearly Negro’s are a violent species and not wanting to be around one unarmed
    or unaware seems to be just taking reasonable precautions.

    • Marvelo

      Small minded, stupid, bigoted, racist and without fact. Your comments are null and void and your opinion valid only to yourself. I pity you and laugh at your ignorance. To even get into a debate with someone that thinks like you is simply a waste of my valuable time and intelligence. Fortunately for me, I live life with a very different view. Unfortunately for you, you will always live your life with different creeds, colours and nationalities that you will never take the time to appreciate because of such a narrow minded view.

      • Stephen108260

        LOL

  • Jimbo Jones

    All Jews are racist. They believe they are superior to us all. They have the blood of Abraham and we do not. By definition all Jews are racist in that they believe themselves to be superior to us all. They are chosen. They are special. They are Jews goddamnit.

    • Stephen108260

      Who’s “us”? That’s soooo racist.

      • Jimbo Jones

        Goyim, you know who we are kyke.

  • ChuckDiaspora

    @Marvelo

    Jimbo Jones,

    Aww man, I’m disappointed.

    I’m disappointed y’all felt a need to respond to this guy. Or even explain yourself. Don’t waste your time, just keep building your business. But I’m sure you already know and I’m not saying anything new here :-) .

    The best to you both and may you prosper.

    ChuckDiaspora.

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